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Chamber of Commerce names new president

January 27, 2024

The 2024 annual meeting of the Scott County Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Hal Leftwich, CEO of Big South Fork Medical Center, will serve as the Scott County Chamber of Commerce’s president in 2024. Mrs. Linda Byrge, of For the Love of Paws, will serve as the Chamber of Commerce’s vice president in 2024. Mrs. Sheneka Burchfield, marketing director of First National Bank, will serve another term as treasurer. 

Those were the unanimous votes of the Chamber’s board of directors at the Annual Meeting held Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024 at the Scott County Senior Citizens Center in Oneida.

A capacity crowd enjoyed a grilled chicken dinner prepared by the Senior Citizens Center, after which routine business was conducted at the first meeting of the new calendar year. 

Outgoing Directors: Outgoing directors were recognized, including Virginia Bruce, former owner of South Fork Tack in Oneida, and Cheryl Cribbet, former owner of Cabins of Elk Run in Robbins.

Re-Elected Directors: Several directors whose terms expired in December 2023 were re-elected to new terms that will run through 2026. Among them: Michael Laxton, president of United Cumberland Bank; Fannie Burke, of The Highland Connection; Ben Garrett, publisher of the Independent Herald; Erika Schmelter, of Brimstone Recreation; Scott County Mayor Jerried Jeffers; and Sheneka Burchfield, marketing director of First National Bank.

New Directors: New directors nominated by the Chamber of Commerce’s nominating committee included Jagger Coffey of the S.T.A.N.D. Coalition, Ralph Trieschmann of Timber Rock Lodge, and Dianna Massey of Integrity Tax & Bookkeeping. They were approved by unanimous vote after there were no nominations from the floor.

Nominated Officers: Officers for 2024 were recommended by the Chamber of Commerce’s nominating committee as Hal Leftwich, CEO of Big South Fork Medical Center; Linda Byrge, of For the Love of Paws; and Sheneka Burchfield, marketing director of First National Bank. They were also approved by unanimous vote after there were no nominations from the floor.

Business of the Year: Integrity Tax & Bookkeeping was recognized by Sheneka Burchfield as the 2023 Scott County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

Person of the Year: The late Wayne King was recognized by Ben Garrett as the 2023 Scott County Chamber of Commerce/Independent Herald Person of the Year.

The guest speaker at the Annual Meeting was Elijah West, a Scott High School student who was recently honored as the latest Eagle Scout from Scott County.

This story originally appeared on the Scott County Chamber of Commerce.

Last modified: January 27, 2024

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